Family Tie Breaker

They’d each been complicit
in the depression of one man:
one sister,
her lack of understanding,
the other,
her lack of empathy;
an uncle,
a lack of respect,
and three cousins,
who wore grotesque
carnival masks of
the two people
who he hoped were the
best parts of him
having long since

He had a wife who,
because of this,
tried to understand,
and a daughter who was
but not needy.
Her parents accepted him,
her grandmother loved him.
They were his family now.

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